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GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19

GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19
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GOP Rep. Mike BostMichael (Mike) J. BostMORE (Ill.) announced on Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the latest member of Congress to contract the virus. 

Bost, who represents Illinois’s 12th Congressional District, said in a statement that he got tested after experiencing “a mild cough and a rapid loss of both taste and smell.” He never had a fever. 

The congressman said he is postponing public events and will instead conduct virtual events as he isolates at home.  

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Any staff that’s been in close contact with him will quarantine until receiving their own test results. His office is also reaching out to any constituents he’s met with in recent days. 

“We are taking this situation seriously and will continue to serve the people of Southern Illinois while doing our best to ensure their health and safety,” Bost said. “I will provide additional updates in the days ahead and am anxious to get back to work as soon as I make a full recovery."

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Bost is the latest lawmaker to contract the virus.

Rep. Salud CarbajalSalud CarbajalMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 Democratic Rep. Carbajal tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Calif.) announced on Tuesday that he tested positive for COVID-19. 

While it is unclear how Carbajal contracted the virus, the congressman interacted with Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeEnd the American military presence in Somalia Ted Cruz won't wear mask to speak to reporters at Capitol Michigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test MORE (R-Utah), who tested positive for the disease after attending a White House event for the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Other event attendees, including former White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump aide won't get into whether Trump has done debate prep Trump seeks to change race with final debate Billboard warns Trump's Iowa rally will be 'superspreader event' MORE, former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieA Nixon playbook will fail on the debate stage Trump aide won't get into whether Trump has done debate prep The Memo: Trump allies have hope, urge new approach in crucial last debate MORE (R) and Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP coronavirus bill blocked as deal remains elusive Senate is leaning to the Democrats, big time, with a wave Cunningham, Tillis locked in tight race in North Carolina: poll MORE (R-N.C.) also tested positive for the disease. 

Thirteen other House members have also tested positive for COVID-19 or had a presumed case of coronavirus: Reps. Jahana HayesJahana HayesMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test Connecticut congresswoman's town hall Zoom bombed in racist attack GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Conn.), Dan MeuserDaniel (Dan) MeuserMORE (R-Pa.), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisHillicon Valley: Treasury sanctions Russian group accused of targeting critical facilities | Appeals court rules Uber, Lyft must comply with labor laws | Biden: Countries that target US elections will 'pay a price' McCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Michigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test MORE (R-Ill.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 Democratic Rep. Carbajal tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Texas), Morgan GriffithHoward (Morgan) Morgan GriffithMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 Democratic Rep. Carbajal tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Va.), Tom RiceHugh (Tom) Thompson RiceMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 Democratic Rep. Carbajal tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-S.C.), Neal DunnNeal Patrick DunnMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 Democratic Rep. Carbajal tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.), Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 Democratic Rep. Carbajal tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Pa.), Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test Chamber-backed Democrats embrace endorsements in final stretch GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-S.C.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah) and Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 Democratic Rep. Carbajal tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.). 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE last Friday announced that he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrumps to host Halloween at White House despite coronavirus Judge throws out Trump campaign lawsuit against New Jersey mail-in ballots MSNBC host cuts off interview with Trump campaign spokesman after clash on alleged voter fraud MORE had tested positive for COVID-19. Since his diagnosis, the president has been hospitalized and received several treatments for the virus including anti-viral drug remdesivir and a strong steroid called dexamethasone.